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Project Specialist II, Global Public Policy

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Project Specialist II, Global Public Policy

Seattle, WA
Full Time
  • Responsibilities


    From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee and the rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection. We are known for developing extraordinary leaders who share this passion and are guided by their service to others.

    This position contributes to Starbucks success by managing a portion of our relationship with Arizona State University: Starbucks Global Academy. You will liaison between the two organizations, ensuring completion of deliverables that serve the organizations’ joint goals.

    This role is responsible for timely delivery of key projects within the Starbucks Global Academy portfolio and building the overall global reach of the platform. You will contribute to the strategic vision of the platform by directly overseeing the completion of new courses rooted in Starbucks mission and values, working closely with international market leads to adopt the platform, and explore new initiative areas that would leverage academic resources from within ASU.

    This role requires close partnership with business stakeholders across the organization to enable collaboration on planning, execution, and delivery. You have demonstrated a successful track record of managing complex programs in a fast-moving environment, while also being able to transform business issues and challenges into workable solutions.

    As a project specialist, you will…

    • Perform core project management duties, including guiding the project through formal approval and funding gates; developing a project plan that includes, as applicable, budget, project timeline, detailed task-driven schedule, communication plan and managing project execution from analysis/design through execution and launch.
    • Oversee strategic and tactical planning and day-to-day management of the project within the global social impact and public policy portfolio.
    • Collaborate with internal and external business leadership on strategic planning for the project.
    • Mobilize internal and external stakeholders from varying functions within the business to drive success cross-functionally.
    • Serve as point of contact for international market leaders. Communicate professionally and respectfully, considering perspectives and goals, as well as cultural norms.
    • Serve as primary liaison with external stakeholders, namely Arizona State University, understanding their business, objectives, and strategy.
    • Coordinate schedules, process invoices, oversee statements of work, create project plans, communicate with leaders, and ensure timely completion of deliverables, with both internal and external stakeholders.
    • In partnership with the public policy sr. manager, engage stakeholders on project ideation and assist in the creation of business cases and brand value assessments.
    • Develop a deep understanding of initiatives within global social impact and public policy and the broader public affairs portfolio; managing assigned project with a clear understanding of business context, cross-department synergies and dependencies, and recommending collaboration when leverageable overlaps occur.
    • Ensure alignment of project with the global social impact and public policy roadmap and its goals, manage planning and execution accordingly.
    • Monitor project execution to ensure that key milestones and financial parameters are met and that projects are delivered effectively to achieve the overall goals and objectives.
    • Communicate project status to participants and stakeholders accurately and on time. Escalate to ensure issues are resolved and risks mitigated, as needed.
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  • Qualifications

    We’d love to hear from people with:

    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

    • Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines

    • Attention to detail

    • Ability to deliver excellent customer service

    • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

    • Basic skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Project

    • Analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills

    • Ability to define objectives, scope and resources for projects contained within a department or business unit

    • Knowledge of concepts, techniques and tools relating to coordinating and tracking projects

    • Knowledge of standards, practices and techniques of project management

    • Ability to organize large volumes of data for compilation, analysis and retrieval

    Join us and be part of something bigger. Apply today!

    Starbucks and its brands are an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals. We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that includes partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that enables us to better meet our mission and values while serving customers throughout our global communities. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with all federal state and local ordinances. Starbucks Corporation is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at 206-318-0660 or via email at

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